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Online Law Schools / Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« Last post by Kobayashi Maru on August 14, 2016, 09:42:12 PM »
I'd choose the MLS over the Executive JD.  Non bar JDs have a long history of being dodgy even though the Concord one is not.  Nothing gets a lawyer more riled up then some non lawyer holding himself out as John Smith JD.  Don't know why that it is but John Smith LLM or John Smith LLB do not have the same negative effect.
Depends on if you want to work for a lawyer or not, if not, screw what they feel.think
I know a CPA with an EJD, he would just laugh at a redfaced lawyer
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Online Law Schools / Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« Last post by legalpractitioner on August 14, 2016, 08:00:13 PM »
I'd choose the MLS over the Executive JD.  Non bar JDs have a long history of being dodgy even though the Concord one is not.  Nothing gets a lawyer more riled up then some non lawyer holding himself out as John Smith JD.  Don't know why that it is but John Smith LLM or John Smith LLB do not have the same negative effect.
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Online Law Schools / Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« Last post by Kobayashi Maru on August 14, 2016, 11:26:16 AM »
The 2nd link was meant to be for their LLM (which they appear to no longer offer)
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Online Law Schools / Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« Last post by Kobayashi Maru on August 14, 2016, 11:24:02 AM »
Anyone considering Taft? ... I am not interested in being a lawyer but I have always wanted to study law. I

Over 20 years plus Taft has a good track record of graduates actually passing the state bar.  However since you say you do not want to be an attorney, might I suggest an accredited Masters in Legal Studies from Kaplan or other regionally accredited online provider.  It will be quicker and cheaper. If you still want a JD, then Concord is a good one because it is the only one regionally accredited and has more bells and whistles for its students.  Regionally accredited means that degree is accepted as a real graduate degree by other universities while the other law school's programs may or may not be.
Masters are a good option, but people like that "JD" title. Good point about it not needing to be bar acceptable though.........Consider this (if you are 100% sure you NEVER want the bar exam, but still want a recognized degree)

http://www.concordlawschool.edu/Executive_Juris_Doctor.aspx
-It is a few credits shorter than the main JD and exempt from the first year bar exam (which is pointless if you have no desire to sit the main bar exam later on)
and then if you wanted to go beyond that
http://smallbusinessllm.com/
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I tend to agree, those who the nanny state is trying to protect are too stupid and arrogant to understand the odds of ever becoming a lawyer though distance learning.  I calculated the odds as 20-1 against when I undertook distance learning and knew that if I made it past the First Year Bar exam - the odds improve to 5-1 against.

People misuse words like "nannystate". Based on that math telling stores NOT to use lead paint in your cupcake frosting is "nannystate"

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I tend to agree, those who the nanny state is trying to protect are too stupid and arrogant to understand the odds of ever becoming a lawyer though distance learning.  I calculated the odds as 20-1 against when I undertook distance learning and knew that if I made it past the First Year Bar exam - the odds improve to 5-1 against.
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Online Law Schools / Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« Last post by legalpractitioner on August 14, 2016, 08:18:33 AM »
Anyone considering Taft? ... I am not interested in being a lawyer but I have always wanted to study law. I

Over 20 years plus Taft has a good track record of graduates actually passing the state bar.  However since you say you do not want to be an attorney, might I suggest an accredited Masters in Legal Studies from Kaplan or other regionally accredited online provider.  It will be quicker and cheaper. If you still want a JD, then Concord is a good one because it is the only one regionally accredited and has more bells and whistles for its students.  Regionally accredited means that degree is accepted as a real graduate degree by other universities while the other law school's programs may or may not be.
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Kid, do what is best for you.

Heck go online unaccredited and live in CA.......who cares. No one really. Its your life.

Remember, if you get a contingency based client (even if working out of your garage) and that guy is the next bill gates or steve jobs who just needs someone to believe in him and help him out...........$$$$$$$$$$$$$


Or be scared and work at burger king like most junior college graduates


Either way.......Make sure to sit the LSAT.
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Online Law Schools / Re: Anybody thinking about Taft?
« Last post by Kobayashi Maru on August 13, 2016, 10:43:10 PM »
Anyone considering Taft?  I was looking at American International School of Law. Their website seems outdated but I talked to the CEO and they still seem to be in business and have an active account with the CA Secretary of State.  It's tuition is cheap. 

I am not interested in being a lawyer but I have always wanted to study law. I'm an older person (50) so there is no big career if I finish studying at an online school. I do not live in CA but I am from there and may move back next summer once my daughter goes off to college n
I'd use Concord/Kaplan
They are the ONLY online one that is REGIONALLY Accredited.
That means a few things- 1. You can get better finaid options
2. Better employer recognition
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You can take the patent bar without a JD, but you won't be a patent lawyer you'll be a patent agent. Patent lawyers have to get a JD and pass both the patent bar and general bar.

A biology degree would qualify you to become a patent lawyer, but it;s not quite as simple as saying "I have a STEM degree, therefore I can be a patent lawyer." It is a pretty competitive field, and most patent lawyers come into it with some level of experience already under their belts. For example, someone might work as a chemical engineer for five years then get a JD, that sort of thing.

There are very few JDs with STEM degrees who qualify, but there also aren't very many job openings in patent law. I think it sort of balances out in that way. Additionally, all of the normal rules apply: a STEM degree plus a JD from Stanford is going to be more employable than a STEM degree plus a JD from Whittier, etc. A biology degree is OK, but perhaps not quite as desirable as mechanical engineering, biotech engineering, chemical engineering etc. You get the point.

Lastly, don't go to law school unless you are OK with being a lawyer, period. Not a patent lawyer, but just a lawyer. The fact is, you may very well end up writing wills and defending DUIs if nobody is hiring patent lawyers when you graduate.
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